Jadé Olayinka

Award Category: 
Youth Scholarships Award
Recipient Year: 
2019

Originally from Nigeria, Ms. Jadé Olayinka moved to Canada with her family in 2000. She lost her mother to cancer, and has since been dedicated to community service, hard work and compassion. Through her accomplishments in basketball and academics, Jadé has received many accolades. Jadé is currently a second-year medical student.

In 2013, Jadé worked with the homeless and low-income families on a mission trip to the Los Angeles Dream Center. Longing to bring her outreach home, she founded Adopt a Block YYC, which runs community initiatives in Calgary. Partnering with social workers, immigrant services and Boys and Girls Club, she assisted with job fairs for Syrian refugees and conducted clothing and school supply drives.

Jadé serves as Power & Privilege Coordinator, volunteers on the Health Equity Advocacy Leadership Pathway and contributes on the Executive Board for Downstate’s Student National Medical Association. She believes everyone has the power to make a lasting impact in their community.